12 October 2006
Behind the scenes in VOIP peering services is Enum, a protocol that translates telephone numbers to related IP addresses. Most VOIP peering services use Enum databases to connect telephone calls from one VOIP network to another and to keep the traffic on IP networks.
"Enum is one example of a directory service that is essential to the industry as it deploys IP throughout the world and delivers a whole variety of voice, data, video and other content services,'' says Jeff Ganek, CEO of NeuStar. "Enum is particularly important because it enables the delivery of all these advanced services, which are possible because of the billions of dollars of investment the industry has made in IP technology, to billions of endpoints on the worlds' networks that are addressed by telephone numbers.''